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Lower Burrell puts shoulder to shovel on winter parking law

| Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, 1:11 a.m.

Lower Burrell officials want to make sure some streets aren't blocked by parked cars in snowy weather, possibly slowing down emergency vehicles or snow plows.

So council is working on an ordinance that would prohibit parking on the street in certain culs-de-sac when it snows, otherwise the owner could be fined or the vehicle towed.

Only about six to eight streets would be affected.

Council is still not sure which streets would fall under the requirements.

However, council says the city has been following the same procedure for the last 50 years.

This ordinance will hopefully remind residents to be proactive and not park on the street when they know it's about to snow.

In the past, if a car was parked on the street and blocking the snow plow or an emergency vehicle, police would knock on doors or call in an effort to contact the car's owner. Only as a last resort would they tow the car, council said.

And that's what they'll continue to do.

“We have to use our best judgement,” Councilman David Regoli said. “We're not trying to make anybody's life miserable.”

Although some councilmen have reservations about the ordinance — like what happens if someone leaves their car parked on the street when they're out of town or if people don't have driveways — they want to find a solution before winter hits.

“The snow will be upon us quicker than you think,” Regoli said.

Council will vote on the ordinance next month and, if approved, plan to mail notices to residents and post signs on affected streets.

Sarah Kovash is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media. Coments on this story can be sent to (724) 226-4666 or vndcity@tribweb.com.

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